Ireland's Own

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Ireland's Own
Ireland's Own (logo).jpg
TypeWeekly magazine
Owner(s)Independent News & Media
EditorSean Nolan
Founded26 November 1902
HeadquartersWexford, Ireland

Ireland's Own is a family magazine published weekly in Ireland. It specialises in lightweight content, traditional stories, and uncontroversial family content, including puzzles and recipes. It was launched on 26 November 1902 by John M. Walshe of People Newspapers, and originally cost just 1d.

For the first half of 2007, the magazine had an average circulation of 40,905, according to the Audited Bureau of Circulations. The People Newspaper Group (which also included the Wicklow People, the Wexford People and the Waterford People) is now owned by the Irish media giant Independent News and Media.

Original aim[edit]

The magazine was designed to offer "wholesome Irish Catholic fare" to challenge the appearance of British newspapers in Ireland like the News of the World (which were denounced as "scandal-sheets" that lowered the moral tone of late 19th century/early 20th century Ireland). The magazine's appearance coincided with a broad stressing of Irish identity as a reaction to British imports. Among the other examples were the creation of the Gaelic Athletic Association to promote Gaelic games and to halt the growth of soccer and rugby (1880s), the appearance of the Gaelic League to promote the Irish language (1893), and the growth in the Irish-Ireland movement reflected in the creation of the Abbey Theatre to promote Irish arts (1904) and the creation by Arthur Griffith in 1904 of Cumann na nGaedheal to protest at the visit of King George V and his queen, Mary of Teck.[1]

Ireland's Own saw its role as projecting an image of Ireland free from "alien" influence, hence a content free from anything perceived as "scandalous" or "anti-Catholic". A critic described such magazines as offering "a formula for 'healthy fireside reading' combining patriotism, pietism and national news with a minimum of foreign coverage or intellectual speculation."[2] The concept of such a magazine is traced back to the series of pietistic family magazines launched by James Duffy in the mid-19th century.

Editor's description[edit]

A former editor, Phil Murphy, on the occasion of its centenary, described it with the words:

"Ireland's Own and contention are complete strangers to each other – and that would be a deliberate policy. It's not 'Dublin 4'[3] and trendy 'liberalism' and that aspect of Ireland, which is pretty shallow and skin deep anyway. We're slightly old-fashioned in our ways, for which we make no apologies. We attract a lot of our readership from people who probably have a yearning for what they consider to be the 'good old days, when things were better' as they see them. We do not take a hard-faced attitude towards our journalism or our magazine. We accept the fact that people do have a yearning for the old days, and nostalgia is a significant part of the magazine."[4]

Examples of content[edit]

Its Christmas 2003 edition contained a series of articles, both fact and fiction, on such topics as "Gathering the Holly",[5] "Who is Father Christmas?",[6] "The Christmas Fairy"[7] and "Christmas Long Ago".[8]


Ireland's Own accepts unsolicited contributions, both fiction and non-fiction. Copy may be submitted electronically. Payment is made for items accepted for publication, and contributors are sent a complimentary copy of the issue containing their item. In the past, certainly as recently as a couple of years ago, this payment was sent in the form of a cheque. Now, contributors whose material is accepted for publication are sent a form requesting their full bank details: account number, sort code, whether VAT registered and a number of other details. An inquiry as to whether payment by cheque were still an option for those who, for security reasons, preferred not to pass on this information received the reply that Ireland's Own no longer sends out cheques.

Published in Wexford[edit]

In contrast to most Irish magazines, Ireland's Own is not Dublin-based but is edited in Wexford.

Ireland's Own celebrated its centenary in 2002.


  1. ^ Griffith's Cumann na nGaedheal was a different party to the later Cumann na nGaedheal formed by pro-Treaty Sinn Féin TDs under W. T. Cosgrave.
  2. ^ Historical Irish Journals.
  3. ^ "Dublin 4" is a trendy, upper-middle class liberal part of south Dublin. Dublin 4 is often used as a code word to describe "trendy liberals".
  4. ^ Ireland's Own. Archived 18 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Gathering the Holly" Archived 20 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Who is Father Christmas?" Archived 11 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "The Christmas Fairy" Archived 20 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Christmas Long Ago" Archived 4 April 2005 at the Wayback Machine

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